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Sue McDonnell

Equine Behaviorist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Honored with Prestigious National Impact Award

The National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) has named Sue McDonnell, PhD, adjunct professor of Reproduction and Behavior and head of the Equine Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) this year’s recipient of the 2024 Don Henneke Educational Impact Award.

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Exploring wildlife medicine in a summer externship

Two graduating Penn Vet students reflect on their Rocky Mountain Wildlife Veterinary Externship experience last summer, researching black-footed ferrets, bighorn sheep, and elk.

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SAVMA Student Teaching Awards 2024

On Friday, April 19, the Penn Vet community gathered to honor students, faculty, and hospital staff during the annual SAVMA Student Teaching Awards. Recipients are selected by the student body in a variety of categories.

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Bringing cognitive science in action to young minds

Penn Upward Bound high school students from West Philadelphia got a tour of the Penn Smart Aviary, GRASP Lab, and the Penn Vet Working Dog Center during a visit to Pennovation Works.

 

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Veterinary Advocate Dr. Amanda Bisol, V’11, named as Penn Vet’s 2024 Commencement Speaker

Amanda Bisol, VMD, will deliver the address at the 2024 University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) Commencement to be held on Monday, May 20, 2024.

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By the Numbers: Penn Vet’s agricultural impact

In addition to excellence in teaching and clinical care for companion animals, Penn Vet makes indispensable contributions to the state’s agriculture sector.

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Celebrating a Century: A new endowed scholarship at Penn Vet honors the legacy of Jack Wilkins, V’52

How do you celebrate a lifetime of impact? For the Wilkins family, creating an endowed scholarship for aspiring veterinarians was an especially meaningful way to honor John Langley Wilkins, V’52.

Joe Bender

University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Receives Grant to Develop Veterinary Training Program for Rural Communities

Principal investigators Joseph S. Bender, DVM, MS, and Sarah Rassler, VMD, awarded grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to enhance rural veterinary services and bolster economic viability of livestock producers.

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Deans of health schools discuss climate change in their fields

Deans and leaders from the schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Policy & Practice discussed climate and health at a Climate Week event.

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Climate Week 2023 highlights the links between biodiversity and the climate crisis

The climate crisis impacts everyone. During Climate Week at Penn, which will be held from Sept. 18-22, everyone is invited to find their place in the climate movement.

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Social ecology and community work in the Galápagos

Daniel Beiting, PhD, associate director of the Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases, expanded his work this summer in the Galápagos, giving Stephanie Sila, V’25, an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand experience in identifying different mosquito species and human disease cases on the island.

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Penn Vet students helping animals and their owners in Thailand

This summer, 14 students from Penn Vet traveled to Thailand to spay and neuter cats and dogs for owners who would otherwise be unable to afford the procedures.

Dipti Pitta petting a cow's head.

Could we breed cows that emit less methane?

In a new study, researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine identified attributes of low-methane-emitting dairy cows that could be used as targets for selective breeding.

Christopher J. Lengner

Penn Vet Names Christopher J. Lengner, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences

June 26, 2023; Philadelphia, PA – Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) has announced the appointment of Christopher J. Lengner, PhD, as the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences effective July 1, 2023.

Andrew Modzelewski, PhD and Kotaro Sasaki, MD, PhD

Two Early-Career Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Recognized for Advancing Biomedical Research

June 20, 2023; PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two early-career scientists from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) have been honored with awards from the Kinship Foundation and the Beckman Foundation, and the Endocrine Society.

Klaus Hopster and Holly Stewart

Two Faculty from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Appointed to Endowed Professorships

June 14, 2022; Philadelphia, PA – Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) announced professorship appointments for two faculty members. Klaus Hopster has been appointed the Marilyn M. Simpson Associate Professor of Large Animal Anesthesia and Holly Stewart has been appointed the Charles W. Raker Assistant Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery. The appointments will go into effect on July 1, 2023.

This year’s recipients of the Helen Keller Prize from Penn are (clockwise from top left): Gustavo Aguirre, Jean Bennett, Albert Maguire, and the late Samuel Jacobson.

Four from Penn awarded Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Faculty from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine were honored at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans.

Koranda Walsh standing with an award

SAVMA Student Teaching Awards 2023

On Friday, April 21, the Penn Vet community gathered to honor students, faculty, and hospital staff during the annual SAVMA Student Teaching Awards. Recipients are selected by the student body in a variety of categories.


Susan W. Volk

Dr. Susan W. Volk, Named Corinne R. and Henry Bower Professor of Surgery at Penn Vet

Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) has named Susan W. Volk, VMD, PhD, DACVS, a renowned veterinary surgeon-scientist, the Corinne R. and Henry Bower Professor of Surgery.

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Dr. William Beltran named One of Eight Penn professors elected 2022 AAAS Fellows

Eight faculty from four University of Pennsylvania schools have been elected 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. They are among more than 500 researchers honored for their “scientifically and socially distinguished achievements.”